A Targeted Approach to Deter Gun Violence

Gun violence endangers everyone. Gun violence devastates families, damages neighborhoods and endangers the community. We’ve had enough. It has to stop now.

What is CU Fresh Start?

CU Fresh Start is a new approach designed to focus on offenders with a history of violent, gun-related behaviors. Through this approach, they will be “called in” and given a warning and an opportunity to stop shooting. If they choose to stop shooting, offenders will receive help to access community services and resources. If they continue to engage in gun violence, they will face swift and certain consequences.

Law Enforcement has worked with community members to identify offenders for the initiative using the following criteria: Age 18 or older, on parole or probation, prior felony arrest, prior gun arrest or a violent crime conviction, credible information of recent involvement in violent crime

The CU Fresh Start model has three “pillars” which allow the initiative to offer strength and balance in our approach. Each of the three pillars is vital for our efforts to be a success.

Community Pillar

This group humanizes the effect of violence. It includes family and friends of offenders, victim impact representatives, clergy and funeral directors, emergency medical personnel, neighborhood leaders and residents, former offenders, and elected officials.

Law Enforcement Pillar

These professionals assist to establish clear criteria to identify offenders, notify offenders of legal consequences of gun violence, and provide a clear opportunity to stop shooting. They then follow up with swift and certain consequences if violence continues.

Services Pillar

Efforts focus on making better life choices to provide stability and opportunity. This is coordinated through a caseworker, who works with and assists the offenders in identifying community resources to support better decision-making.

What is a CU Fresh Start Call-in Event?

A call-in is a face-to-face meeting of law enforcement representatives, community members, social service providers, and targeted offenders. Its primary purpose is to deliver a clear message against violence, and to provide a genuine offer of help for those who wish to change their lives. The meeting also serves as a chance for these individuals to learn about police efforts and community resources available. It also provides information which can be conveyed to the members of their peer group. Call-ins are closed to the public in order to protect the privacy of those involved.